United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - NEW - British Citizenship by Discretion (Kenya - Mother Renounced)
The UK Government entered into a treaty with the United Nations some years ago to enshrine equal rights for women, and to treat men and women equally. While the UK has passed legislation to allow such claims, the Home Office has interpreted this legislation in relation to marriage as still being from a man to a woman and not the other way round. So the existing stance of the UK Government therefore did not fully address gender discrimination in relation to citizenship applications.
It was only in 1983 that the issue of gender discrimination in British nationality law was addressed for the first time. However, there remained many areas in the law that were not taken into account, and several further changes have been made in the years since 1983 to remedy these. But the complexities of the old laws, and the legacy of the British colonial empire, meant that instances of unfairness still remain today.
New legislation (which gained Royal Assent in April 2022) appears to properly address the unfairness of the older law. Accordingly, it should be possible to lodge an application if one can demonstrate that - had it not been for gender discrimination in the old law - an applicant would (or should) have British nationality in the modern day. Based on your family tree, it appears that such an application might be successful based. While the theory is complex, this solution broadly requires the following:
- Mother born in the UK, but renounced her British nationality before the applicant's birth;
- Parents married before Kenyan Independence (12 December 1963);
- Father was a Kenyan citizen.
PLEASE NOTE: If such an applicant has any children under the age of 18, then these children could be registered as British citizens.